16 Carcinogenic Foods That You Eat Every Day

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If you don’t smoke, you drink alcohol in moderation and you are careful with your use of chemicals around the home, you may think that you have reduced your risk of cancer significantly. However, what you may not realize is that some of the foods we eat daily are carcinogenic. Here are 16 of the worst offenders.

1. Non-organic fruit and vegetables

Although fresh produce is rich in antioxidants, many people do not appreciate that some of the pesticides used to spray fruit and vegetable crops are cancer-causing. There is certainly evidence to suggest that pesticide exposure increases the risk of tumors affecting the brain, breast and prostate as well as lymphoma and leukemia. Some pesticides are now banned for this very reason, but others with carcinogenic properties are still in use. The Environmental Working Group publishes a list of produce that contain the highest levels of pesticide residues, which this year highlighted that apples, strawberries, peaches, grapes, celery and spinach give you the largest dose of pesticides. If you only buy a small amount of organic produce, make sure you include the items mentioned above to protect your body cells from cancerous changes.

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  • FoolCount

    You know what else is extremely carcinogenic? Air. It contains oxygen, which causes oxidation, which causes cancer. If we did not breath oxygen, we would not need to consume all those cancer-fighting anti-oxidants to protect ourselves from cancer. Another extremely carcinogenic thing – daylight. Photons from the sun can damage DNA in our skin and retina cells leading to cancer. Wait, that is not all. Don’t even get me started about another cancer-causing killer – water. Not only does it dissolve all kinds of cancer-causing chemicals (including that very dangerous oxygen), but it also turns those molecules into electric-charge-carrying ions, making them so much more carcinogenic. And last, but not least, among lifestyle choices increasing our chances of getting cancer – reading that very website. It increases biochemical processes in neurons of our brains, in particular synthesis of various neurotransmitters, which requires enzymes, which in turn require DNA templates to be produced, which DNA needs replication, of which every act has a potential to introduce cancer-causing mutations into our genome. Not a full list, of course.

    • cpinva

      oh, it gets even better! did you know that every food we eat, whether it’s organic or non-organic, is genetically modified, every.single.one. that’s because humans have spent the past 10,000 years or so painstakingly modifying every type of vegetable, cereal, grain, fruit and livestock that we consume, to make them stronger, mature faster, grow better in poor soil, be insect resistant, less fatty, etc., etc., etc.
      in other words, humans have been practicing GMO since they first started farming and animal husbandry, it’s nothing new.

      • Kyrani Eade

        And it gets even better!
        Cancer is a highly specialized immune system organ with a vast number of different cell types including many normal immune system cells and stromal cells (the normal connective tissues of all organs) AND it’s own blood supply! And they are trying to tell us WHAT? That such sophistication arises out of damage! Man just take your sledgehammer to your car engine and it will transform itself into a racing car or even a Batmobile!
        Kyrani99

        • RAWR

          Don’t forget salt. Salt, used for thousands of years on foods, is actually a PRESERVATIVE! People use it to preserve meat. It also causes stomach cancer when consumed in high quantities. (as well as high blood pressure and heart disease)

        • Mario Strada

          I also heard someplace that the act of living is the leading cause of death. In a recent study, only living people were found to be at risk for death with a 100% mortality rate. Worse than Ebola..

          • Robert Stephens

            I wonder how many people don’t get that one? Thanks for the chuckle.

      • Bee Winfield

        I think FoolCount and you are Monsanto employees. The article is saying pesticides are very often carcinogenic, yet you attempt to deflect attention away with snide remarks and comment that we have been modifying genes for 10,000 years. Maybe, but we have never done genetic engineering, splicing the DNA of one species into another , breaking Nature’s species barrier, until 50 years ago, and we have been eating these GMOs for 15 years, unlabelled.

        • HelenL1

          Yes I’m glad they find humor in cancer. I have had it twice, I don’t find it so funny. I don’t find the idea that I have to “search” for foods and constantly have to research foods I can eat very funny either. I haven’t had microwave popcorn in almost 5 years. I can’t believe what it contains or that it’s legal. My kids eat airpopped if they eat it at all.

      • RealTime

        Water. All cancer cells need water. And water (H2O) contains oxygen, which as the OP has already indicated is carcinogenic.

    • HelenL1

      I’ve had cancer, I don’t find it funny. This is very informative and accurate. Of course a better way to handle it would be to say “It’s time to go back to nature”. I have gone back to nature in my eating but I find that I still have to be informed about GMOs. Laugh now, joke now. It could be you, it was me and I never thought it would be. Count yourself lucky and that you’re still here to make jokes.

  • Heliph Giva

    “In fact, in Japan where there is the highest concentration of people taking highly salted and smoked foods, the rates of stomach cancer is greater than in any other countries in the world.” – Yet, they have the longest life span LOL. Fail….

    • james

      Stomach cancer is only one thing that can kill, there are many other kinds of cancer and many other things that kill such as heart disease, stroke, etc. In Japan, they also eat lots of fish and seaweed, which are high in omega-3’s and iodine (helps remove heavy metals and toxins from the body) so those help prolong life, overall (even if the higher incidence of stomach cancer might lower their overall life span average very slightly).

  • AgainstAnimalTesting

    So whatever causes Cancer is a different topic – why the hell are the authorities testing these on animals – why are you forcing diseases on them! Most of your points say tested on animals but not proven on humans! Shameful, Cruel and Disgusting!

    • Charles

      Then eat untested shit, wear untested shit, spray untested shit and don’t cry when you go blind, die, drool…

    • lovezion

      YOURS

      • Bee Winfield

        The chemical company reps are out in force on this article. You can tell them by their sarcasm, they are doing their best to discredit organic

    • drew

      People should shut the fuck up about animal testing. The only animals that we ethically test on, have no understanding of self-consciousness, they don’t say OMG THIS ISNT FAIR OW THIS HURTS WHY ARE U DOING THIS. It goes to far to say, that we should sacrifice devlopment in science, in preventing diseases, saving lives of conscious sentient self-aware beings, all because we feel sad for using lab rats…

    • drew

      People should shut the fuck up about animal testing. The only animals that we ethically test on, have no understanding of self-consciousness, they don’t say OMG THIS ISNT FAIR OW THIS HURTS WHY ARE U DOING THIS. It goes to far to say, that we should sacrifice devlopment in science, in preventing diseases, saving lives of conscious sentient self-aware beings, all because we feel sad for using lab rats…

  • Bionic Merlin

    BPA is not a preservative, it is an ingredient in plastic and the plastic lining of cans, and is generally being removed from everything. It is a bad idea to eat much soy oil, this is an estrogen imitator regardless of whether it’s organic or not.

    • Greg Gebhardt

      Hard to believe that this article is calling it a presevative. BPA is know to be a killer and yet politics stop them from doing anything about it because the large food corps are paying off our polititions. Canned tomatoes are 5 times higher in BPA than is allowed and it get worst every month the tomatoes stay in the can!

  • Corolla Sedan

    Without going into academic jungle,there is some good statements in this spooky article.What world should know,that cancer is not cancer it is fungal infection and it does not spread it is everywhere,with every breath we take we inhale more fungus then USA debt,but problem is when we eat fungal foods or foods which fuel candida,which is your mother of almost any disease then you may get all this fancy diagnostic names diseases .You cant kill candida as fungus is seed of life,you can only control it with non fungal diet and environment.If whole world does this then doctors and medical scientists will be sweeping streets for crust and whole world economy will collapse.Why media never reports about Chemtrails.Google borax conspiracy,that should open your eyes.

    • Maggie

      Well said. You are absolutely right. And if we don’t do something about how we ruin our food we will continue to weaken our immune systems therefore being unable to maintain the natural balance we require to stay healthy. There is so much we do wrong to our food supply that we have forgotten what good nutritious food is. Our bodies are telling us now. Cancer is not a disease, it’s an alarm from our bodies telling us to clean up what we are doing. Eat food, not chemicals, eat seasonally don’t demand to have everything at all times. The wrong people are deciding how our food is grown and what food dominates our diet. The decision makers are those making money from it. We shouldn’t be eating so much dairy and wheat. Everything in moderation is a good rule, but it doesn’t make as much money. Consumers have the real power but we don’t use it. Instead we (not me!) line up at bloody Maccas and get fed as much poison as we can take for $2.50. What food costs $2.50? None. It’s not food, it’s chemicals and it makes money. But we let it happen!

  • Alana Smith

    Well it’s true, trouble is our government departments that could rule they must be labelled as being sprayed with these carcinogenics so we can make a choice and work towards changes being made – big money speaks and big brother refuses to support the people, so you have the knowledge just use it carefully as you possible can.

  • Chris Reich

    Badly out of date. Research nitrates and you’ll find that the body produces more nitrates when we eat vegetables than there are contained the worst processed meats. This processed meat thing comes from the quack Oz.

  • Brittany

    Most potato chips are fried in soybean or cottonseed oil. Unless they’re fried in animal fat, they don’t contain cholesterol at all. Not to mention, eating cholesterol from sources such as eggs is actually beneficial to cholesterol balance in the body. I’m extremely invested in healthy eating, but this article has a lot of false information.

  • Charles

    So basically anything that tastes good, and we love is deadly? Yet, generations have grown up eating and drinking it and we survived. I think alcohol is not a problem, as most of the old farts interviewed over the age of 100, all drink booze still. 1 old woman smokes 2 cigars a day and has for 50yrs. I think that some of the crap companies and our government put into the air/water/food is the problem. Girls didn’t get breasts/large ones @ 12 when I was 12…Now it is common. Not cancer, but a libido. I’ve seen middle school boys with beards.

    • lovezion

      Yeah….that’s why they died of old age at 30s and 40s!

    • lovezion

      Yeah….that’s why they died of old age at 30s and 40s!

  • BrisJim

    This is the most stupid story ive ever read, journalism clutching at every possible this and twisting the truth so far. Ill interpolate – fruit are filled with sugars and will lead to ravenous cancers in your body destroying you day by day. Hey lets not tell the actual truth. What makes you alert – energy that we get from sugar.
    Which one will you follow paranioa that sugar is growing invading cancers destroying your body this very moment, or sugars keeping you alert and letting your organs function properly. Just because someone post something doesn’t make it accurate

  • RAWR

    Salt, used for thousands of years on foods, is actually a PRESERVATIVE! People use it to preserve meat. It also causes stomach cancer when consumed in high quantities. (as well as high blood pressure and heart disease)… stupid article.

  • John Moriel

    Bible says eat the fruit of the tree and the seed of the fruit because it is good for you.

    • lovezion

      And God Said, “Behold,…I have given you every herb-bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree-yielding seed; to you it shall be as meat.”
      ~The Holy Bible, Genesis 1:29

      “I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other.” ~Henry David Thoreau

  • Paul C. Shugrue

    I can’t find the sources right off hand but I have read that one has to consume vastly high portions of these so called carcinogens to be at risk. I remember when the acrylimide in french fries scare was so popular the “experts” neglected to mention that one would have to eat something like 10 lbs. of it a day for an extended period to be at any sort of risk.

    • gothicman02

      Yet people still do the same thing with medical weed, or industrial hemp, yet it is illegal in this country for the most part.

  • http://www.DanteSears.com Dante Sears Geyer

    A diet of raw organic fruits & vegetables will help prevent cancer, but cancer has much more to do with your mindset than anything you consume. ;)

    • sunshyn

      Oh, so you’re saying people who have been diagnosed have brought it in themselves by their mindset? Moron.

      • http://www.DanteSears.com Dante Sears Geyer

        Nope, I am saying that the *root cause* of the cancerous growth is stored within the mind, causing the behaviors that lead to cancer.. By the way, CRITICISM.. and the need to criticize others.. arises from needing hands on control of everything, due to a childhood in which such control was critical for cosmic acceptance physical and/or emotional survival, family protection & sense of self worth. You should do some self-work, because *that mindset* leads to arthritis.

        • Bee Winfield

          Good comment, thanks Dante.

    • sunshyn

      Oh, so you’re saying people who have been diagnosed have brought it in themselves by their mindset? Moron.

    • lovezion

      BRAVO!!! :o)

      • http://www.DanteSears.com Dante Sears Geyer

        Thank you. You are awesome! So many people come on the net to criticize free-thinkers without contributing anything worthwhile, themselves. You *clearly* have a fabulous outlook and life. :) Bravo to you!!

    • lovezion

      BRAVO!!! :o)

  • Oren Anderson

    I dream of the days when I was a young feller and breakfast was smoked bacon or ham, eggs basted in the bacon grease, whole milk gravy made from the bacon grease, biscuits made from lard and covered by the gravy, all washed down by copious amounts of strong black coffee.

    • Bee Winfield

      Grass fed fats are good for you now and then Oren, Find yourself a grass fed, organically raised hog and go for it. Just don’t overheat your frypan and you will get the best anti-cancer agents known , such as conjugated linoleic acid

  • Roselind Berry

    Here’s what I learned way back when the first stories came out about saccharine and cancer. Laboratory tests cause cancer in laboratory test animals. Or, is it evolution, that forces us to do all these things that cause cancer? Evolution gives us a taste for sweet stuff, for salty stuff, for crunchy stuff, etc and evoution gives us a preference for easy food that is ready to eat in seconds, as soon as we get hungry for it. Yep is it all caused by evolution and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

    • lovezion

      I think you’re right!

    • lovezion

      I think you’re right!

  • Perseus Wong

    “…many people do not appreciate that some of the pesticides used to spray fruit and vegetable crops are cancer-causing.” Just as many MODERN people do not appreciate that prior to chemical pesticides and fear of dying from cancer, people died of starvation due to crop failure from insects and fungal infections. And that the organic pesticides used by farmers for centuries yielded only enough crops to be afforded only by the royalty and the wealthy.

    • Bee Winfield

      More rubbish from chemical company Perseus. Please google the IAASTD report . Huge study into how we will feed the 9 billion. 400 scientists concluded that GM was no where, that the best and cheapest option was organic, or agro-ecological agriculture. If you are right Perseus, how did humanity get to 1940, as every farm was organic before then. And cancer affected 1 in 100 people 50 years ago. Now affects one in 2 men.

  • Charles Wesley

    WARNING: BEING ALIVE can be hazardous to your health.

  • Charles Wesley

    No, seriously — EVERYTHING is suspected of causing cancer or being toxic. Cold? Too bad… Firewood releases CO and CO2 when burned, sometimes wood will release SO2. Di-Hydrogen Oxide? OH, that’s bad for you. Thousands of people die every year from it.

    Cow Manure, Horse Manure, Pigeon poop? If you plan on using this stuff, beware that it can carry disease.

    FISH? Contains mercury, lead, botulism. Ut oh…

    Mushrooms? Yep, poison.

    Apples, Almonds? They contain cyanide… We got trouble, dude.

    NO… We have to stop vilifying everything, or we won’t eat ourselves into extinction. We will STARVE ourselves into it.

  • Greg Gebhardt

    The people that control what we eat are all now way to political. People no longer trust the government and I can not blame them. You young people have all been dipped in the liberal socailist union run educational system producing good little worker bees but so stupid to can not make choices for yourself!

  • Grandma

    So to be healthy, everything we consume should be organic. Since they are very expensive, only those people who can afford to pay for it we’ll be OK. Rest of us who cant afford it, will suffer and die from cancer. Or die from starvation. Those are the only choices poor people have??? Oh please!!!
    .

  • Charles

    True! Despite the advent of all the crying in the article in the last 30yrs, statistically, we are living 10-20yrs longer and date it back to the 1900’s beginning, a LOT more. Unless you are stupid and live in Chicago, then you die whenver a thug shoots you.



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